Simmons & Simmons signs Mindful Business Charter committing to better working practices for mental health and wellbeing

10 Oct 2018

The Charter, initially developed by Barclays alongside law firms Addleshaw Goddard and Pinsent Masons, is the first joint initiative between banks and their legal services providers to reach a shared agenda for supporting mental health wellbeing.

At a signing event hosted by the Law Society today (which coincides with World Mental Health Day), Simmons & Simmons accompanies Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and law firms Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Hogan Lovells and Pinsent Masons in a joint commitment to abide by a set of principles centred on improved communication, respect for rest periods and considerate delegation of tasks. Performance against these principles will be monitored as part of a standing agenda item during client relationship review meetings.

In signing, Simmons & Simmons pledges to promote a culture of openness about mental wellbeing, ensure responsible business is included as an area of assessment during significant procurement processes and drive forward the actions and necessary change in support of the principles of the Charter.

Commenting on becoming a signatory, Helen Hagan, partner at Simmons & Simmons said: “The fast pace of the work we do as a firm and the need for us to constantly evolve and adapt to respond to client demands can have an adverse impact on the mental wellbeing of our people. Whilst there is no ‘quick fix’ solution to this, the Charter is a tangible, practical tool which will enable us to have more collaborative conversations with our clients and other organisations about working practices and how we can best deliver excellent client service, without losing sight of the importance of health and wellbeing.”

Speaking on behalf of the founding group, Philip Aiken, Managing Director at Barclays said: "Simmons & Simmons’ wholehearted engagement with the Charter demonstrates its passion and belief in inspiring positive change. The take-up from so many of our banking and legal counterparts shows the power of collaboration and we hope that in time these principles will be applied in all organisations across all sectors."

The Charter has the support of mental health charity Mind, the Law SocietyLawCare and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

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